Adelphi Theatre

Whilst the theatre is dark….

Over the summer months the Adelphi theatre has been a flood of activity. With the theatre empty between productions, Really Useful Theatre’s works department and outside contractors have worked night and day to ensure the theatre is up to scratch for the Kinky Boots premieres in August; making many exciting changes along the way.

The stalls of the auditorium were treated to a new royal red carpet; involving the removal, reinstatement and reinstall of every single seat!

The foyer was completely transformed with a redesign by Lee Fitzgerald Architects. Walls were knocked down and rebuilt further back resulting in increased floor space helping to provide a smoother income for our patrons and room for a new art deco style bar spanning the left side of the foyer space.

Unplanned redecorations to the Jessie Matthews bar also took place during the dark period. After flooding devastated the basement bar it was decided to take this opportunity to give the bar a revamp as part of the clean-up operation. Again the layout of the bar was redesigned however still in keeping with the original art deco décor, to reveal a bigger area for use of private events and increased audience interval space.

All projects were completed within the strict deadlines in time for the opening of Kinky Boots.

Whilst the theatre is dark….

Our History

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1930

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The current reconstructed theatre building with internal art deco features opened. The first production was Evergreen starring Jessie Matthews

The current reconstructed theatre building with internal art deco features opened. The first production was Evergreen starring Jessie Matthews

1947

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Bless the Bride, written specifically by A P Herbert and Vivian Ellis to meet the talents of ‘Champagne Soprano’ Lizbeth Webb, was produced by CB Cochrane.

Bless the Bride, written specifically by A P Herbert and Vivian Ellis to meet the talents of ‘Champagne Soprano’ Lizbeth Webb, was produced by CB Cochrane.

1958

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The title role of the play Auntie Mame perfectly suited the comedic talents of Beatrice Lillie.

The title role of the play Auntie Mame perfectly suited the comedic talents of Beatrice Lillie.

1965

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Harold Fielding’s production of the musical Charlie Girl starred Anna Neagle and Derek Nimmo and ran for over five years.

Harold Fielding’s production of the musical Charlie Girl starred Anna Neagle and Derek Nimmo and ran for over five years.

1979

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Cameron Mackintosh produced My Fair Lady, directed by Alan Jay Lerner and starring Liz Robertson, Anna Neagle and Tony Britton.

Cameron Mackintosh produced My Fair Lady, directed by Alan Jay Lerner and starring Liz Robertson, Anna Neagle and Tony Britton.

1985

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Me and My Girl, originally with Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson, transferred from the Leicester Haymarket and began an eight year run.

Me and My Girl, originally with Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson, transferred from the Leicester Haymarket and began an eight year run.

1993

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The theatre was completely refurbished prior to the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard.

The theatre was completely refurbished prior to the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard.

1997

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The Broadway revival production of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago opened and went on to become the theatre’s longest running production.

The Broadway revival production of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago opened and went on to become the theatre’s longest running production.

2011

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The record-breaking production of One Man Two Guvnors, with James Corden, transferred from the National Theatre.

The record-breaking production of One Man Two Guvnors, with James Corden, transferred from the National Theatre.

2013

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Beverley Knight and Tristan Gemmell took over the leading roles in The Bodyguard

Beverley Knight and Tristan Gemmell took over the leading roles in The Bodyguard

2016

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Kinky Boots wins Olivier Award as Best New Musical

Kinky Boots wins Olivier Award as Best New Musical
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